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# Madras HC split on disqualified MLAs’ case
CJ upholds Speaker’s decision, but fellow judge disagrees The first Division Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict in a batch of cases filed by 18 AIADMK MLAs challenging their disqualification under the anti-defection law, with Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upholding the Speaker’s September 18, 2017 order and Justice M. Sundar setting it aside. In view of the differing judgments, the cases will now be argued afresh before a third judge. Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh, the seniormost judge of the High Court after the Chief Justice, will nominate the third judgebefore whom the cases would be listed. Meanwhile, acceding to a request from Senior Counsel P.S. Raman and N. Raja Senthoor Pandian for the disqualified MLAs, the Division Bench extended an interim order restraining conduct of elections to the 18 constituencies that had fallen vacant due to the disqualification, and a trust vote on the floor of the Assembly. In her judgment, Justice Banerjee said: “In my opinion, the view taken by the Speaker (that the 18 MLAs had voluntarily given up membership of AIADMK by giving representations to the Governor on August 22, 2017, withdrawing support to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami) is a possible, if not, plausible view. Justice Sundar, in his differing judgment, said the Speaker ought to have given an opportunity to the 18 petitioners to cross-examine at least the secretaries to the Chief Minister to prove their assertion that they had indeed made attempts to solve their differences within the party.
# HC sets aside appointment of MKU Vice-Chancellor
Says proceedings of the search committee were flawed The Madras High Court on Thursday issued a writ of quo warranto and set aside the appointment of P.P. Chellathurai as the Vice-Chancellor of the Madurai Kamaraj University on the ground that the proceedings of the search committee, which was constituted for selecting qualified candidates, were flawed. Allowing a public interest litigation petition, the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M. Sundar pointed out that two of the members of the search committee had complained that there were no meaningful deliberations, and that they were forced to accept the candidate put up by the convener. New search panel Further, taking note of the fact that a criminal case was also pending against Mr. Chellathurai, the judges set aside the appointment made last year and ordered the constitution of a new search committee (comprising Senate, Syndicate and Chancellor nominees) for selecting a panel of three names for appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of the university. The new search committee was ordered to make its recommendations in accordance with the Madurai Kamaraj University Act of 1965 and all other applicable statutes after due deliberation, consultations and discussions amongst its members and the convener, and gave liberty to Mr. Chellathurai to apply if he wanted. The judges directed the search committee to evaluate his candidature, if he applies, uninfluenced by the present court proceedings.
# Group stones truck in Belagavi
It thought vehicle was carrying beef Some members of the Bajrang Dal and the Sri Ram Sene stoned a truck in Belagavi on Wednesday night. They got information that three vans were coming from Goa allegedly carrying beef, and stood on Khanapur road to stop them around midnight. One of them called the police. By the time the police arrived the youth had stopped one van. Another van crossed them, without stopping. This angered the youth who stoned it. They managed to stop it and forced the driver to open it, only to discover it was empty. The other van stopped earlier was also empty. Police took the youth to the Udyam Bag police station and warned them against stoning or stopping any such vehicles. MLAs, Abhay Patil and Anil Benake, rushed to the police station and argued with the police officers for having brought the youth to the station. Mr. Patil alleged that the police had insulted the legislators. They also asked the police not to book cases against the youth, saying they were ‘gau rakshaks’ (protectors of cows) and should not be troubled. Assistant Commissioner of Police and other officers told them that cases would not be filed against anyone who was innocent. Commissioner D.C. Rajappa told presspersons on Thursday that no arrests were made in the case. If any individual or group has information on illegal transport of cattle they should directly inform the Commissioner (94808 00650) or Deputy Commissioner of Police (94808 00651), he said in a release.
# India calls UN report on Kashmir fallacious
‘It seeks to build a false narrative’ India on Thursday rejected a report from the UN that called for an international investigation into the alleged incidents of human rights abuse by Indian forces in Kashmir. A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said the first-ever UN report on human rights situation was “fallacious.” “It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative. The report violates India’s sovereignty and integrity… it is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as ‘armed groups’ and terrorists as ‘leaders.’ This undermines the UN-led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism,” the MEA said in a response to the report, which covers both the State of Jammu and Kashmir and the part of the State under Pakistani control. The 49-page report focused on the human rights situation in the State between January 2016 and April 2018 during which violence escalated. In view of the spiralling terrorism and counter-terror operations, the report urged India to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the report was drafted through remote-monitoring as neither Pakistan nor India was willing to grant access to the sources on both sides of the Line of Control. The U.N. corroborated information through sources on the ground.
# Gunmen kill senior editor Shujaat Bukhari
Security officer also killed by ‘shots fired from a close range’ Unknown gunmen shot and killed Shujaat Bukhari, veteran journalist and editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, in the heart of Srinagar on Thursday evening ahead of Id-ul-Fitr. One of Mr. Bukhari’s personal security officers also died in the attack, while another is in a critical condition. Mr. Bukhari was The Hindu’s correspondent in Srinagar from 1997 to 2012 and a contributor to the Frontline magazine. The 50-year-old editor was killed close to his office in Pratap Park, an area where offices of many newspapers are located. The attackers fired “from a close range,” the police said. The critically injured Mr. Bukhari, hit by bullets in the chest, died in a hospital. Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid told The Hindu that the police did not have any leads as of now. ‘No intel inputs’ “He had not complained of any threat to his life. There are no leads; it’s too early to come to a conclusion,” Mr. Vaid said, adding that the police did not have any “intelligence input” on the threats to his life. Mr. Bukhari was a popular commentator on national TV channels. His brother, Basharat Bukhari, is Law Minister in Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government.
# Policemen attacked
Tension prevailed in Nallur when a group of miscreants attacked a police team and damaged the police vehicles when they prevented the banned ‘aadal paadal’ programme in a temple festival. The festival began at the Arulmigu Thoppukattu Muniappan Temple on Tuesday. The local people submitted a petition to the Theevattipatti police seeking permission for the ‘aadal paadal’ programme. As the programme always led to tension, police refused permission. However, the programme was conducted on Wednesday evening. When a police team, led by Inspector Sampath, rushed to the village and questioned the villagers, a quarrel erupted between them. In the melee, some miscreants hurled stones at the police, injuring the Inspector in the head. They also damaged the police vehicle. The Inspector was admitted to a hospital at Omalur. A police team rushed to the village and picked up about 20 persons in connection with the incident. Armed police pickets have been posted.
# Football gala kicks off
Source:- The Hindu